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20 Best Kid-Friendly Breweries Melbourne Wide

If you find yourself googling for “brewery near me” or “ best brewery Melbourne” you can stop looking because I have put together the ultimate list of family friendly breweries across Melbourne.

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to craft breweries and fantastic brewpubs, but if you’re looking to visit a Melbourne brewery with family, you’ll want to make sure it is a kid-friendly venue.

We’ve done all the research for you. Think kids menus, playgrounds, open spaces, outdoor areas and even a few venues happy for you to visit with your furry friends.

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Best Brewery Melbourne – CBD

1. Urban Alley Brewery, Docklands

Here is a Melbourne brewery you don’t even need to leave the CBD to visit. Enjoy an extensive menu of pub style classics with a dedicated kids menu while you enjoy a beer that was brewed in house. Take your pick as to whether to sit out under the covered terrace or inside while you watch your beer being brewed.

Impressively, Urban Alley was the first in Australia to use biodegradable six pack rings made from spent grain which is not only a great alternative to plastic, but also edible to marine life, which is even better news for our oceans and environment. Urban Alley are proud to be doing their part to create a sustainable future.

Urban Alley Brewery, G09 / 12 Star Circus, Docklands, +61 3 8080 9800, info@urbanalley.com.au

Urban Alley Brewpub Brewery

Best Brewery Melbourne – North

2. Stomping Ground Brewing Co., Collingwood

Melbourne’s inner north has fast become the epicentre of Melbourne breweries. There are plenty to choose from but could Stomping Ground possibly be the best brewery Melbourne has to offer? If you are looking for a family friendly brewery then the answer might just be yes!

Taking inspiration from the great beer halls of Europe, this brewery and beer hall in Collingwood is located inside a massive converted warehouse where people can socialise, eat and drink.

It has a sheltered beer garden, cubby house and giant thirty tap bar and Stomping Ground proudly claims that it has quickly become the welcoming community hub they dreamt it to be. Additionally, it has won the title of ‘Best Brewpub in Australia’ four years in a row by Beer & Brewer Magazine.

Stomping Ground Brewing Co, 100 Gipps Street, Collingwood, +61 3 9415 1944, collingwood@stompingground.beer

Stomping Ground Collingwood

3. Bodriggy Brewpub, Abbotsford

If your family loves a taco night then this might be the Melbourne brewery for you! With cute retro style booths and a delicious Mexican inspired menu full of tortillas, tostadas and tacos this is a locally-minded business and they make all the beer with their inner North community in mind.

Bodriggy Brewpub is located in Abbotsford and houses a brewery, brewpub, cocktail bar and recently a Froff Shop (bottle shop) and front bar. They also collaborate with the local arts and music scene as much as possible, sponsoring events, gigs and exhibitions in and around the area.

Bodriggy Brewpub, 245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, +61 3 94172293, bookings@bodriggy.beer

Bodriggy Brewpub

4. Thunder Road Brewhouse, Brunswick

*currently not open to the public for renovations but will reopen soon*

Brewing great Aussie craft beer since 2009, Thunder Road Brewery takes the art of Australian craft beer to the next level and everyone is welcome.

With a Happy Hour every Friday between 4pm to 6pm and a large, sunny courtyard out the front which is home to a vintage airstream caravan serving mouth-watering, beer friendly food, this is definitely a place you can bring the kids, sit with your mates and enjoy some rocking tunes all while sampling a beer tasting paddle.

Thunder Road Brewhouse, 130 Barkly Street Brunswick, +61 3 9385 5325, thunderroadbrewhouse@gmail.com

Thunder Road Brewhouse

5. Tallboy & Moose, Preston

Tallboy & Moose proudly declare that they are constantly pumping out fresh new beers to go into tinnies or to be poured cold at their awesome brewpub in Preston.

They have food by Wee Man’s Kitchen who serve “modern Scottish” pub feed at the brewery.

Some classic crowd pleasers include chicken parmas, chips, mac and cheese and a dedicated kids menu. They also have some toys and books to keep the kids busy. It is easy to get to, located in the middle of Preston Junction.

Tallboy & Moose, 270 Raglan St, Preston, +61 3 9484 7803, shop@tallboyandmoose.com

TBNM Outside In

6. Co-Conspirators Brewing Co, Brunswick

This Melbourne brewery was formed by two couples with one common goal (or one conspiracy as they claim) and that is to make great beer. Co-conspirators Brewing Co are an independent brewing company that started their journey partnering with great brewers across Melbourne to grow and learn from the craft beer family. They have a strong affinity and belief in their local community and they want to conspire with others to make great beer.

Because beer and food always go well together they have collaborated with the team at nearby Small Axe Kitchen and Deli to provide you with a selection of delicious snacks served in Co-Conspirators industrial, warehouse-style venue.

Co-Conspirators Brewing Co, 377 Victoria Street, Brunswick, +61 3 9193 9765, bar@coconspirators.com.au

Co Conspirators Brewing

7. Molly Rose Brewing Co, Collingwood

If you’re joining the fun of the Collingwood Beer Trail (a free guided tour of Collingwood breweries), you’ll find yourself stopping in at Molly Rose Brewing Co. All are welcome and there is no need to book. Spend a Saturday in the laneway out the back, out the front or inside and order food from their neighbours while you drink their beers. Dogs, children and even parrots are welcome!

Their bar and cellar is where you’ll find Molly Rose staff crafting delicious beers from Monday to Wednesday and then from Thursday to Sunday they roll open all the doors to welcome any and everyone for a delicious beer, bite to eat and a chin wag. 

Molly Rose Brewing Co, 279 Wellington Street, Collingwood, contact via website 

Molly Rose Brewing Co

8. Moon Dog World Brewery, Preston

With a dog-friendly beer garden, kid friendly menu, playground, indoor lagoon, tiki bar and elevated sun decks, Moon Dog World is fun and huge!

You can book online or simply turn up and wander in. Kids need to be under constant supervision but are very welcome at this amazing venue.

Moon Dog World Brewery, 32 Chifley Drive, Preston, (03) 9428 2307, cheers@moondogbrewing.com.au

Moon Dog World Brewery

Best Brewery Melbourne – South

9. Colonial Brewing Co, Port Melbourne

Born in Margaret River, Colonial Brewing Co opened their Melbourne brewery in Port Melbourne in a big warehouse style space. There you’ll find yourself surrounded by stainless steel brewing tanks and under market style umbrellas.

Colonial Brewing Co’s menu is inspired by beer culture and includes family friendly options like handmade pizza and mouth-watering burgers. They are open on Thursdays through to Sundays and often have live music or the footy on.

Colonial Brewing Co, 89 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne, +61 3 8644 4044, thirsty@colonialbrewingco.com.au

Colonial Brewery port melbourne

10. Stomping Ground Brewing Co., Moorabbin

Having already established itself with a fantastic reputation in Collingwood, Stomping Ground has recently opened a new brewery and beer hall in Moorabbin. Located in an incredible factory conversion at the former Phillip Morris cigarette factory, now known as Morris Moor. 

It has both indoor and outdoor spaces including a huge beer garden and sun deck, viewing windows to watch the brewers in action, a kids cubby house, a 120 person function room, over twenty five rotating craft beer taps and a state of the art kitchen with a wood fire pizza oven. It is the epitome of a family friendly venue (as well as being dog friendly).

Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Morris Moor, 9 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin +61 3 8560 3116, morrismoor@stompingground.beer

Stomping Ground Collingwood

11. Wolf of the Willows Brewery, Mordialloc

Did someone say half priced kids meals on a Sunday?

Established in 2014, Wolf of the Willows is a proudly independent brewing company located in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Mordialloc. They have a passion for producing hand crafted, modern ales that are distinct in quality and flavour, from easy drinking pales to barrel aged beauties. They also have a kid friendly menu at their resident food truck at the ‘Taproom’.

Wolf of the Willows Brewery, 39 De Havilland Road, Mordialloc, +61 3 9587 2480, bar@wolfofthewillows.com.au

Wolf of the Willows Brewery

12. Bad Shepherd Brewing Co., Cheltenham

With an American Barbeque inspired menu and approachable styles of beer with a unique twist, Bad Shepherd Brewing Co in Cheltenham is a popular spot for families.

They’ve got a kids menu, juices and plenty of games to keep little ones entertained as well as high chairs and a baby change station.

Bad Shepherd Brewing Co, 386 Reserve Road, Cheltenham, 3 8555 3175 shop@badshepherd.com.au

Bad Shepherd Brewing Co

13. Dainton Beer Taphouse, Carrum Downs

With plenty of seating, a huge dog-friendly beer garden with kids’ play area and mezzanine function area overlooking the brewhouse, this is the perfect venue for a casual drink and a bite to eat in a family friendly environment.

Dainton Beer Taphouse has a bar menu with plenty of kid friendly options. Meals are served Wednesday to Sunday, with bookings available for small groups or functions.

Dainton Beer Taphouse, 560 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs, +61 3 9775 0334, venue@dainton.beer

Dainton Beer Taphouse

14. Bojak Brewery, Dandenong

Bojak Brewery is passionate about serving the locals in their area carefully crafted beers and delicious food to match! They make sure that their beer food features locally produced ingredients, because for them “it’s the small, finer details that count.” 

Bojak Brewery, 5 Bennet Street Dandenong, +61 421 050 283 info@bojakbrewing.com.au

Bojak Brewery Dandenong

15. Boatrocker Brewery, Braeside

Boatrocker is a small, family owned and run brewery and distillery in Melbourne’s southeast that sets out to challenge the status quo of beers and spirits. 

What sets this Melbourne brewery apart from the others is their love for celebrating tradition while pushing the boundaries, which is why they are able to find new and exciting flavours but never stray from their quality-driven values.

Boatrocker Brewery, 34 MacBeth St, Braeside, +61 438 394 972, questions@boatrocker.com.au

Boatrocker Brewery Braeside

16. Braeside Brewing Co, Mordialloc

Nestled on the bay, in Melbourne’s South East is Braeside Brewing Co – an independent family owned brewery and eatery that provides families a relaxed and comfortable family-friendly space to share a beverage and bite.

In addition to serving deliciously refreshing beers, the brewery also offers a selection of fresh stone-fired pizzas, locally produced spirits, wines and much more!

Braeside Brewing Co 43 Governor Rd, Moridalloc, +61 435 985 423, info@braesidebrewingco.com.au

Braeside Brewing co Mordialloc

17. KAIJU! Beer, Huntingdale

Converted from an old warehouse, KAIJU! Beer is a fun brewery close to the Huntingdale station. The interior design features walls with hand-painted murals, mid-century décor, cosy nooks, communal seating, and a dog-friendly outdoor seated area.

Beer lovers will definitely enjoy their 16 beer taps which include all the KAIJU! favourites, along with a couple of limited releases from their on-site 600-litre brew kit. And, to top it off, each of their fantastic beers goes well with the brewery’s pizza menu which covers everything from your classic slice to an experimental Cheeseburger pizza.

KAIJU! Beer, 27 Hume Street, Huntingdale, +61 3 9706 5924, hq@kaijubeer.com.au

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Best Brewery Melbourne – East 

18. Burnley Brewing, Richmond

For a wide variety of beers using traditional German brewing methods, check out Burnley Brewing where they’ve got a head brewer who’s mastered traditional German brewing methods, known as Ausbildung als Brauer und Mälzer.

On top of always brewing new and exciting beers, families visiting with hungry kids will also get to enjoy a delicious menu featuring dishes such as pizzas, burgers, steaks and snacks!

Burnley Brewing, 648 Bridge Road, Richmond, +61 3 9429 3042 hello@burnleybrewing.com.au

Burnley Brewing

19. Dainton Beer Taphouse, Croydon

Dainton Beer Taphouse is open to the public five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday. Enjoy a range of core and limited Dainton releases, as well as a locally-sourced cider, all expertly poured from our 14 custom taps.

With plenty of seating, dog friendly areas, beer hall, dining room, function spaces or the beer garden, there is always a perfect place to kick back and relax with friends with a cold beer (or wine)!

Dainton Beer Taphouse, 13 Lacey St, Croydon, +61 3 9725 5864, croydon@dainton.beer


20. Hop Hen Brewing, Lilydale

Independent and family-owned Hop Hen Brewing is a proud and passionate brewery with a fantastic team and hard-working team that creates outstanding hand-crafted beer.

The small brewery also offers pizzas to enjoy alongside your genuine handcrafted beer. There are two sizes the 9inch and the 12 inches as well as vegan and gluten-free options for those with dietary requirements.

Hop Hen Brewing, 17/64-86 Beresford Rd, Lilydale, +61 3 9739 7980, cheers@hophenbrewing.com.au


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She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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